Everyone is feeling the brunt of the Miami Marlins’ six-game losing streak. Even the trainers.
Third base coach Jody Reed broke his lower right leg when he was hit by a foul ball from Jesus Sanchez’s bat during Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the third inning, Sánchez, hitting from the left side, knocked down a 92 mph fastball from Dakota Hudson down the third base line, and Reed barely had time to react.
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The ball hit him in the right leg and he walked off it like a champion.
However, he was replaced by quality control coach Griffin Benedict, with manager Skip Schumaker saying that X-rays revealed the fracture.
The Marlins have been one of the surprise teams in the league this season, going 53-39 and occupying the first wild card spot in the National League.
However, they have lost each of their first six games since the All-Star break. Going into play Thursday, they were a half-game away from the postseason.
Miami will look to get back to its winning ways on Friday when it hosts the Colorado Rockies in the first game of a three-game series.
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Reed hit .270 with 27 home runs and 392 RBIs during an 11-year playing career from 1987-1997. He managed in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers before joining the Marlins this year.
Associated Press contributed to this story.